Wednesday, August 03, 2005

I'll be there with bells on

From the newspaper where I grew up in PA.

The phrase "I'll be there with bells on" can be traced to the horse-drawn Conestoga wagons first built in Pennsylvania.

When travelers took the wagons on trips, they would attach large metal bells to the harnesses of their horses. If the wagon broke down, the bells could be used as payment to local farmers for fixing the wagon.

The farmers could then melt down the metal to use for other purposes.

So the saying "I'll be there with bells on" came to mean I'll be there on time and with no breakdowns.

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